There are several regulations and standards governing the fall
protection industry, and following these norms is essential to ensuring a safe
work environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in
the USA adopted many of the standards and regulations published by the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI); in Canada, the Canadian Standards
Association (CSA); in Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Standards; in
the UK, British Standards; and in Europe, European Community (CE Standards).
When it comes to safety in the fall protection industry, there is no
room for human error or shortcuts. For instance, filling out paperwork can be very
troublesome for safety inspectors in the field. But the introduction of paperless
fall protection inspection solutions has eliminated the typical hassles of
paper-based safety inspections.
The standard procedure for inspecting fall protection equipment comprises
of the following steps: Identify the fall protection equipment to be inspected;
Inspect the fall protection equipment as per the appropriate standard (e.g. OSHA
1926, Australian Standard AS 1891, ANSI Standards A-10, British Standard EN
361:2002 etc,) or the manufacturer’s specifications; Fill in all the paperwork with
the results and recommendations; Take photos of any defect or deficiency in the
faulty equipment; Upload the photo to the computer; Edit the photo/outline
damage to the crane; Paste the photo into a report; Hand it to the
administrator to enter data into the computer; Create reports for clients of
the fall protection equipment inspected; and, Send the client the report or the
corrective action required.
Leading provider of paperless software products for managing field
activities, Techs4Biz developed a paperless fall protection inspection solution
delivering advanced functionalities to inspectors and field technicians to
inspect fall protection equipment.
With the Pervidi paperless fall protection inspection application,
inspectors and field technicians can: Use their current smartphone or tablet
(Android or iOS); Scan barcode/read RFID or enter ID/serial number of the fall
protection equipment; Enter data into the paperless application using pre-defined
pick lists or speech to text; Take photos of the equipment using the in-built
camera of the mobile device; Capture electronic signature on the mobile
devices; Get real-time (off-line) access to reference material such as manuals
and instructions, previous inspection history of the equipment, and relevant
standards and regulations; Send completed inspection report and images back to
the system in real time; Automatically generate reports on the spot and send to
clients; and, Follow up on the required corrective actions.
The paperless inspection application has been specifically configured to
suit any type of fall protection equipment including: Harnesses, Safety Belts,
Lanyards, Safety Nets, Ladders, Scaffolding, Shock Absorbers for Personal Fall
Arrest Systems, Anchors, Lines, Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Linemen’s Body
Belt and Safety Straps among many more.
Using paperless inspection applications to
inspect fall protection equipment helps to minimise human errors, ease the
process in the field, save time, money and paper, and ensure a safe work